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The day the music "almost" died

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Buddy Holly performing on TV in the 1950's. Buddy Holly performing on TV in the 1950's.
Monday night's concert honoring the day the music almost died. Monday night's concert honoring the day the music almost died.

CLEAR LAKE (KWWL) -- Don McClean called it "the day the music died" in his famous song "American Pie".  But revelers at the Surf Ballroom Monday night know it as the day the music almost died.

Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the concert at the Suf Ballroom in Clear Lake featuring Buddy Holly, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Richie Vallens.  The next day, all three died in a plane crash in an Iowa corn field.

Every year since, fans of the music legends have recreated the concert, hoping to keep the music alive.  For the 50th anniversary this year, the celebration is even bigger than usual.

Monday night, people donned in 1950's garb lined up outside the Surf Ballroom for the special concert.  The celebration attracted music fanatics from across the country.  All aiming to honor the music legends killed in 1959.

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